On Saturday the 23rd May 2015 the Larne and District Masonic Charity Committee organised a Teddy Bear’s Picnic to raise funds for T.L.C. The Committee including Brethren such as Wor Bro Graham Todd, Jock McToal, Jeff McWhirter and others, too numerous to mention spent considerable time and effort getting all their arrangements in place to ensure the smooth running of the event for Members, Family and Guests, on the day.
Back on the 9th February 2015, the local Larne paper – The Larne Times ran a very informative article in their HAVE YOUR SAY section, where The Larne and District Masonic Charity Committee has highlighted its contribution to the community. Beneficiaries have included local groups and national charities which have received cheques range from £500 to £4,000.
Some of the local charities that benefited include: The Larne Beacon House Club; The Donkey Sanctuary Templepatrick; NI Childrens Hospice; Larne branch of the RNLI; The Hearing Hub (NDCS) Larne branch; Factor 50 (melanoma skin cancer); East Antrim branch of Alzheimer’s Society; Larne branch of St John Ambulance; Roddensvale School (Friends of); Cystic Fybrosis; Pump Aid (provides a well in African village for safe drinking water). A Charity Breakfast in the Masonic Centre, Mill Brae, takes place annually. The proceeds of which go to a local charity or a local branch of a national charity. This year’s designated charity was the “ Stroke Association ” which received £1,000.
Brethren in Ballycarry also held an annual charity breakfast on Easter Monday raising £1000 for the Larne branch of the RNLI. Other activities have included bed pushes from Carrickfergus to Larne; a fancy dress sponsored walk from Ballygally to Larne; sponsored cycles, barbecues, ballots and many more.
The local charity committee also assists with funding “TLC Teddies” which provides sterile wrapped teddies into every hospital in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland at a cost of £35,000 per annum. In this way, every child admitted into an Accident and Emergency Department can be given a free Bear compliments of T.L.C. Reports from the Hospital staff confirm just how useful Ted can be in distracting their smaller patients, when needing to avail of the services in A & E. On this occasion, they decided to hold a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, and, on the day, they were very lucky that the weather was excellent – Warm, Dry and Sunny. The local Committee enjoyed active support from the Northern Organising Committee of the Teddies for Loving Care Charity Fund and thanks to the hard work and effort of all concerned some £ 1,700-00 was raised on the day to support the ongoing work of T.L.C.
Having spoken with some of the Committee Members, I know they were delighted with the success of the day, and thanks to the generosity of Wor Bro Graham Todd, you will be able to go to our photo galleries and see some of the memories from that glorious day in the Sun.